Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have another batch of photos from evolutionary geneticist John Avise. This time they have a theme (his notes and IDs are indented): “Avian mug shots”.

 Here are some of the responses I got when I asked these birds to look straight into the camera:

California Gull (Larus californicus):

Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna):

Barn Swallow chick (Hirundo rustica):

Pacific Slope Flycatcher (Empidonax difficilis):

Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis):

American Coot chick (Fulica americana):

Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris):

Say’s Phoebe (Sayornis saya):

Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperi):

Masked Booby (Sula dactylatra):

Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger); note the razor-thin bill):

White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys):

Western Gull (Larus occidentalis):

Eastern Screech Owl (Megascops asio):



  1. Posted February 6, 2020 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    Beautiful. Cute.

  2. mallardbrad
    Posted February 6, 2020 at 7:57 am | Permalink

    Excellent! Thank you for sharing your talent & knowledge!

  3. Terry Sheldon
    Posted February 6, 2020 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    Outstanding! Rarely seen views of our avian friends.

  4. Posted February 6, 2020 at 9:10 am | Permalink

    Isn’t that a wafer-thin bill? 🙂

  5. Posted February 6, 2020 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    Very good! They made me laugh, seeing their ‘accusing’ expressions. “Shouldn’t you be getting back to work?”

  6. Debra Coplan
    Posted February 6, 2020 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    Wonderful! Nice way to start the day with these photos….Thank you!

  7. Liz
    Posted February 6, 2020 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    Very much enjoy these.

  8. merilee
    Posted February 6, 2020 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    Great shots! Love the barn swallow chick.

  9. rickflick
    Posted February 6, 2020 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    A diverse group. Beautiful.

  10. Posted February 6, 2020 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    The expression on the face of the Masked Booby says “Who me?”

    Posted February 6, 2020 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    These are glories!


  12. revelator60
    Posted February 6, 2020 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    I never realized how bizarre birds look when seen head-on!

  13. Mark R.
    Posted February 6, 2020 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    The Black Skimmer had a remarkable mug-shot. These shots readily show that birds have a wide variety of eye placement.

  14. Posted February 7, 2020 at 2:42 am | Permalink

    What amazing owly camouflage

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